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  • OC hosts free Museum of the Bible exhibit


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host a traveling exhibit of Museum of the Bible in September. Sacra Pagina features centuries-old artifacts that highlight ways people approach and study the Bible. Admission is free to the exhibit, which will be on display in OC’s Garvey Center Art Gallery from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday from Sept. 2 through Sept. 18 (with the exception of Labor Day on Sept. 7). Some of the exhibit’s highlights include: 13th-...

  • Oklahoma Christian earns Princeton Review 'Best College' honors


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) remains one of the best colleges in Oklahoma and the western United States according to The Princeton Review. Oklahoma Christian was one of just 125 schools recognized in the 15-state western region, which also includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Princeton Review honored just six other in-state schools: the University of Oklahoma...

  • Honors Summer Academy welcomes 120 students


    With 120 ambitious high school students from 17 states and Rwanda, Oklahoma Christian University is hosting its largest Honors Summer Academy yet. Sessions run this week and the next for an academically challenging preview of college life. Learning experiences will include testing basic rockets, solving a cold case, interacting with the FBI, participating in a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt, culturing HeLa cells and learning from healthcare professionals at Mercy Hospital. “The ...

  • OC well-represented at the 35th Christian Scholars’ Conference


    Oklahoma Christian University had a strong presence at the 35th Christian Scholars’ Conference last week with participants in multiple sessions. The annual event was held at Abilene Christian University this year and featured keynote speakers such as authors and professors Phillip Jenkins and Randall Balmer, poet Christian Wiman and public broadcasting host and author Tavis Smiley. During the conference, more than 100 professors, graduate students and professionals presented peer-reviewed ...

  • Oklahoma Christian students revive debate team


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) debate team has been revived after 23 years. The team currently consists of 10 students and is led by Brian Simmons, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and the Honors Program. Simmons was a member of Oklahoma Christian’s debate team during his time as a student. At one point, the team was ranked as high as third in the entire United States. Sophomore Megan McKinley approached Simmons about reestablishing the ...

  • Mabee Foundation issues $1M challenge grant for dining facilities


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Mabee Foundation has issued a $1 million challenge grant toward two student-centric projects at Oklahoma Christian University (OC). A new campus café and new coffee shop are two of the big-ticket menu items in OC’s Thrive campaign. If donors give $4,647,209 toward those projects by January 22, 2016, the Mabee Foundation will kick in the final $1 million to help bring those two new student spaces to life. “Many of Oklahoma Christian’s most...

  • OC announces dual degree program with Japan university


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Officials from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) and Japan’s Ibaraki Christian University will announce a new dual degree program at a special ceremony Monday.  OC and IC are in the 40th year of mutual exchange of students and faculty, making the partnership one of the longest lasting programs between any two universities in Japan and the United States. Nearly 1,000 students have participated in the universities’ short-term and long-term programs ...

  • OC hosts bestselling author Donald Miller


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Bestselling author Donald Miller will speak at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on Thursday, Jan. 22. Miller’s lecture, presented by OC’s Ethos program, will begin at 7 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required at oc.edu/miller. Miller is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and Blue Like Jazz, which later became a feature film. Through his Storyline ...

  • Oklahoma Christian holds graduation ceremonies


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 80 undergraduate and 103 graduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies Dec. 12-13. OC’s undergraduate degree candidates represent 13 states and seven countries, and majored in 35 disciplines. The master’s degree candidates come from five states and 10 countries and represent 12 graduate areas of study. Dr. Alan Martin, dean of OC’s College of Biblical Studies, will deliver the ...

  • Oklahoma Christian wins regional ethics championship


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) ethics teams won first and third place at the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl in San Antonio. The championship marked the first regional title for Oklahoma Christian, which won its third straight state championship in October. OC will now advance to the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Orange County, California. Last year, Oklahoma Christian took fifth place out of 32 teams across the country. Oklahoma Christian bested teams from 15 ...

  • OC honors alumni for outstanding achievements


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University’s five academic colleges and Honors Program recognized outstanding alumni during Homecoming Weekend. The awards from the College of Biblical Studies, presented by Dean Alan Martin, honored Mark Brazle (’75) – Missions; Toby Levering (’99) – Youth Ministry; Shon Smith (’91) – Preaching/Ministry; and Mitch Wilburn (’05) – Alumnus of the Year. The College of Business Administration, led ...

  • OC welcomes Nicholas Sparks for McBride Lecture


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks will be the featured speaker at the McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Nov. 21. Sparks will speak in Hardeman Auditorium, then sign his new book, “The Longest Ride.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Entry to the book signing is $50, which includes the cost of the book. Pre-registration for the book signing is available at oc.edu/sparks. “It is impossible to ...

  • OC sets record, celebrates decade of enrollment highs

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University set another enrollment record this fall, with 2,479 students calling OC home.This marks the third straight year of record enrollment at Oklahoma Christian, fueled by a 13 percent increase since fall 2011. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.Oklahoma Christian also set a graduate record this year with 502 master’s students enrolled, up 10 percent over last year’s previous high. ...

  • OC lands on U.S. News ‘Best Regional University’ and A+ lists

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) ranks among the top 40 regional universities in the western United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2015” guidebook. Oklahoma Christian rose to No. 40 in this year’s 15-state western rankings and is the No. 2 Oklahoma school in the “Best Regional Universities” category. In addition to having the most National Merit Finalists per capita of all Church of ...

  • $2 million gift helps fund OC 'spiritual life reboot'


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Thanks in part to a $2 million gift, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) students have a new way to build their “life resume” this fall. Ethos, OC’s new spiritual life program, provides multiple ways for students to grow in faith, serve others and worship God. OC students can fulfill their Spiritual Life requirements through daily Chapel services, mission trips, service projects, Bible studies and other options. About a quarter of the anonymous $2 ...